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The Vision of the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is to think boldly and inspire. Lead, integrate, and innovate to improve health.


The Mission of the UK COP is to provide innovative education, conduct pioneering research, deliver cutting-edge clinical practice, and lead change to improve health


Culture of passionate inquiry and discovery national and international benchmark of best practices committed to contributing to individual and collective success Leveraging strategic partnerships Impact human health and economic development.

Trainees will be

Confident in interprofessional practice. Confident in collaborative scholarship. Entrepreneurial and adaptive to changing landscape. Possess intellectual, emotional, and professional maturity

Strategic Initiatives
Be the education destination of choice to impact health and shape the future of pharmacy. Differentiate and increase the impact of our research on pharmaceutical outcomes and novel therapeutic treatments. Become the venue of choice for postgraduate training in pharmaceutical research. Recruit and retain world-class faculty, staff and students into a diverse and inclusive environment. Capitalize on opportunities for pharmacy to boldly impact health and the community.
Strategic Directions
Align educational initiatives to produce practitioners and leaders who practice at the maximum of their education and skills.

Become a national benchmark for interprofessional health education.

Provide early, focused and personalized career development to differentiate our graduates.

Increase involvement with pre-pharmacy students to ensure the recruitment of the best and brightest, as well as prepare them for success in a rigorous curriculum.
Strategically position the College to define meaningful problems and conduct innovative and collaborative science to develop solutions.

Invest in novel technology and human capital to create the next generation of pharmaceutical science.

Integrate the College Centers within Department research and graduate education missions, and expand their impact across campus and the world.
Align educational initiatives to develop a student-centric training model to prepare post-graduate students to creatively address pharmaceutical research issues in a variety of dynamic research environments.

Enhance and ensure more consistent training for postdoctoral fellows to increase their potential for success.
Create a culture within which everyone is prepared and empowered to recruit and promote the programs of the College.

Enhance and increase professional development opportunities, and provide support for faculty and staff to become leaders in their fields.

Create a unified recruiting, admissions and student services program that attracts the top professional degree students and creates an environment wherein comprehensive career planning and development occur.
Develop a practice model that assures seamless transitions of care between UK HealthCare and communities to improve the quality and reduce the cost of healthcare.

Engage and prepare innovators in advanced pharmacy practice.

Motivate, prepare and foster advocates for consistent, sustained and impactful roles for pharmacists on interprofessional teams.

Establish and integrate collegiate commitment to promote the public good through the application of our expertise and resources to meet social, economic, educational, and health challenges and disparities.

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.